Category Archives for // winter
February 6, 2015


My 8-5 is nearly always spent answering calls, taking reservations, assisting with marketing strategies, updating our social media, preparing for the guest season and anything else that may come up at the lodge. During the winter we have a fairly small crew, so I am sometimes asked to assist with larger-scale livestock moves. Yesterday was one of those days.

We trailered our horses down Lane 6 to the “Idaho-Utah” pasture– two pastures that when combined by an open gate expand

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January 28, 2015

A Day on the Sister Ranch

Yesterday I headed over to the Chico from Zapata to join their crew in a large gather and sort day.

I don’t often get a chance to head to the other side of the mountains to spend time with that crew, but I always enjoy it when I do. The landscape is different to Zapata; the dawn seems more drawn out because of the expanse of the prairie and you get to ride in the morning glow for longer.


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December 30, 2014

A Chico Feeling

In the middle of winter there is a deep quiet on the Chico.

October 4, 2014

End of Season

The guest season is drawing to a close here at Zapata with just two weeks left. People always wonder if we just put our slippers on and relax for a few months afterwards, but the reality is these upcoming months are as busy as any summer month!
Recruiting for the 2015 season begins, marketing plans swing into action, the ranch and lodge are winterized and if course bison roundup and processing begins. So as with any ranch… the list never

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May 5, 2014

Dollar Lake

A time-lapse of Dollar Lake, showing the quick transition from Winter to Spring at Zapata Ranch.

March 20, 2014

Ranch Roundup

A snapshot of the past two weeks at Zapata: moving calves, building fence, welding and spotting elk.

April 2, 2013


This is a drift right behind my house.  We’ve been waiting for a spring storm all winter.  Finally it came, big flakes pilling up on the ground.  Then, sure enough, the wind began blowing sweeping the snow from the blanket that had formed on the ground, into piles behind all the cholla and yucca plants cross the prairie. When I looked out the window, the snow was going practically sideways, the trees bending, the windows almost bending inward from the

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February 26, 2013

Crazy Weather

It’s been exceptionally beautiful on the Zapata Ranch over the past week. I’m not sure if it’s the late winter snow we got in Colorado over the weekend or the full moon that reached it’s zenith last night. Kate thinks it’s that spring is really trying to come through. One day we wake up and it’s winter: snow capped peaks with wind rushing through the cottonwoods. The next it’s bluebird skies and 70 degrees. Whatever it is, we feel quite

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February 20, 2013

Moving Heifers

We were due to sort heifers today out in the pasture, but Jeff predicted a snow storm coming through and wisely had us all out on horseback yesterday. A beautiful day warm enough to peel off the outside layer of winter clothing. We trotted out to the Dixie, Elk and Antelope pastures. The riders split up and each gathered a corner or area. The heifers moved really nicely and we didn’t need to push them at all which makes for

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